Last week’s hack of health insurance provider Anthem Blue Cross exposed millions of Americans to the threat of identity theft – including thousands of members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).
The hackers allegedly stole personal data such as social security numbers, addresses, names, email addresses and birthdays.
According to CalWatchdog, the affected CalPERS members received the following email:
“As many of you have heard in the news, our health plan partner Anthem Blue Cross disclosed late last night that hackers breached its computer systems and the personal information of its members. Like you, we are very concerned and frustrated about this unacceptable breach. We have been in touch with Anthem this morning to ensure they are doing everything possible to protect our members and their families who are enrolled in the plan.”
It’s recommended that those who’ve been affected by the Anthem hack reset their passwords. Additionally, watch out for fake emails and phone calls claiming to be from Anthem – the firm has said it will only be contacting people by mail.